Global Collaborative Law Council

During a recent Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas, GCLC Founding Members Larry Maxwell and Sherrie Abney, and current Vice-President and Director Anne Shuttee were recognized for their contributions to the collaborative law movement in Texas, nationally and internationally. They are past-Chairs of Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Sherrie was a charter member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Collaborative Law Committee, and currently serves as chair of its Expanding Collaborative Practice sub-committee. She is a co-founder of the Collaborative Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and was its first Chair. Sherrie has published numerous articles on collaborative law, and has authored two books on civil collaborative law. She has traveled to many countries around the world to make presentations and conduct trainings on civil collaborative law. Sherrie is a past-President of GCLC, and has served as a Director since it was founded.

Anne  During her tenure as Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Anne established a Speakers’ Bureau that is providing experienced collaborative lawyers to make presentations on Collaborative Law statewide to local bar association. The State Bar’s Speakers’ Bureau is patterned after GCLC’s Speakers’ Bureau, with the goal of educating lawyers, other professionals and the public regarding the benefits of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

Larry was presented with a Certificate of Merit at the Annual Meeting, on the recommendation of the past presidents and Board of Directors of the State Bar, for his contributions to the legal profession and the State Bar of Texas. In making the presentation, Lisa Tatum, a past president of the State Bar, commended Larry “for his diligent efforts in educating members of the legal profession and the public regarding Collaborative Law, promoting enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, and his dedication to the goal of making the collaborative dispute resolution process as widely know and recognized as mediation and arbitration.”